IFGE promotes acceptance for transgender people. We advocate for freedom of gender expression and promote the understanding and acceptance of All People: Transgender, Cis-gender, Transsexual, Crossdresser, Agender, Gender Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit, Hijra, Kathoey, Drag King, Drag Queen, Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Straight, Butch, Femme, Faerie, Homosexual, Bisexual, Heterosexual, and of course - You!

FORGE FORWARD 2007 Conference


HIV prevention and negotiating safer sex; building anti-racist coalitions; fostering a genderqueer dialogue; and training mental health professionals to work with transgender clients are four of the topics that will receive full-day attention at the FORGE Forward 2007 Conference and Intensives taking place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 29-April 1, 2007.

Lithuania: Transsexuals stand for their rights

by the Lithuanian Gay League

A young woman willing to have an operation to change her sex lodged a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights against Lithuania and has been invited to state her demands to the government during an open court hearing in Strasbourg on October 17th. She will also have to substantiate her 1 million litas (290,000 euros) suit against the country. The Strasbourg court received the complaint from the woman, who feels that she should have been the opposite sex, a year ago.

Brenda Thomas dies at age 64

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness and respect that I report to you, that our sister and friend, Brenda Thomas, passed away on August 6, 2006 at 6:20 AM. Her daughter, Jennifer, was with her at the time of her passing. Funeral arrangements are pending. A memorial service will be scheduled at Bering United Methodist Church.

Peace and love to all,

Sara Rook

GLMA Conference 2006

October 11 - 14, 2006

Join us in celebrating GLMA's 25th Anniversary at the beautiful Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco, one of world's most beautiful and LGBT-friendly cities. CME & CEU credits are available.

Stony Brook U. - Transitions in Academia:

Increasing Transgender Inclusiveness on Campus

A one day Student Affairs conference for faculty, staff, and students.

Save the Date: October 20, 2006


Transcending Boundaries Conference 2006:

Call for proposals and volunteers!

Transcending Boundaries is a North-east conference for bisexual/pansexual, trans/genderqueer, and intersex people and our allies. We will be holding our fifth conference at the DCU Center in Worcester Mass., October 27-29 2006.

KS&A's 2006 Adult Retreat

A Unique Opportunity for Adult XXY Men to Reflect and Renew
September 29 - October 1, 2006
The Mountain Retreat, Highlands, North Carolina
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Dr. John Money, 84, dies of Parkinson's Disease

Pioneer sexologist Dr John Money died July 7, 2006 on the eve of his 85th birthday due to complications from Parkinson's disease. A groundbreaking researcher, he is credited with coining the term "gender identity". He was also controversial for promoting surgical assignment of intersex children, a practice opposed by intersex organizations. Cheryl Chase and Denise Leclair discuss his legacy in the Washington Blade. http://washingtonblade.com/2006/7-21/news/national/obit.cfm

Pageant Lessons

A Commentary about TG Beauty Pageants

by Monica Roberts

On June 14 I was given the honor of acting as a judge for the inaugural Miss Diva International 2006 Pageant here in Louisville. I had a great time watching it and seeing the talented Indianapolis, IN sistah that eventually ran away with it, Vanessa Ross. I also liked watching special guests Amelia Black and Terri Vanessa Coleman perform and enjoyed meeting them.

Transgender Non-Discrimination Rights:

Thursday June 22, 2006 -Boston

Where are we, where are we going, and why does it matter?

A presentation by National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Join National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director, Matt Foreman, and other staff of the Task Force for a compelling presentation of data from the Task Force's national polling on support for transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws. Following the presentation, we will have a lively discussion of the status of the transgender rights movement at the local, state, and national level.

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